Due to ongoing operations and last minute events, training dates are subject to change. RAT-SAR members should verify the training time and date prior to arrival.
Due to Covid-19, physical participation in RAT-SAR training / meetings is strictly voluntary. If you choose to participate, please read the following statement:
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the participation in group activities in which social distancing is difficult, if not impossible, is likely to result in the increased chance of exposure to the virus, which may increase the likelihood of contracting the disease. This exposure is possible through direct contact with other people, proximity to other people, and contact with surfaces that other people have had contact with. By participating in the activities, you represent that you do not have reason to believe that you have contracted the disease, have not experienced symptoms of the disease, or have been diagnosed with the disease. By participating in this activity, you represent that you have been informed of these risks and voluntarily assume the risks of potential infection of the disease. You also understand that there is the possibility that you may transmit the disease to others, even if you do not show symptoms of the disease.
February 20 @ 8:00 am - February 21 @ 5:00 pm
This 2-day class is designed to teach the student how to use map and compass with confidence. It covers map reading, terrain association, shooting and following an azimuth, back azimuths, intersection, resection, baselines, magnetic declination, map grids, and using a map with a GPS. The field exercise is a nav course where the students utilize what they have learned in the classroom. Even if you have never held a compass before you will walk away knowing how to use a map and compass in a wilderness environment.
We suggest looking over our classroom PowerPoint before arriving for the class.
This is a popular class and usually fills quickly. We have a limit of 12 students per class.
Mirrored baseplate compass, pace count beads (optional), hiking boots, cap or bandana, small day pack, clothing appropriate for the season, water container, rain gear (class goes forward rain or shine), lunch or snacks easily prepared in the field. Students will receive a RAT Pocket Navigation Notepad at the beginning of the class that has all the grid readers required for this class. Upon successful completion of JPRs (Job Performance Requirements), a certificate of training is awarded to the student. Class begins at 0800 and finishes each day once the student has finished all objectives.